And this led me to an interesting thought: there is an obvious comfort element at play here, but the addition of the fur made me think of children. I feel a bit of regression here, a bit of wanting to be a ten-year old boy, in warm plaid jammies, clutching a favorite stuffed animal, safe and warm at home. Silvia Fendi even added the quirky motif here and there of a little blob-y cartoon character peeking up out of pockets or on the side of a tote...a sweet little imaginary childhood friend.
And then I saw it: this collection is a subliminal reaction to an unstable world hard at work fighting World War III, a tragic year in Europe with France bookended in tragic terrorist attacks, and general upheaval at a level we as a species have not seen in a very long time. Yes, it is a good thing to put on your robe, curl up with some hot chocolate and a teddy bear, and just be safe. Nothing wrong with that.
|Above: Silvia Venturini Fendi taking her bow in front of the fur staircase|